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in the immediate moments after that, they did actually see the stock prices go up and the shoe sales go up. it's interesting to see what happens now and the reaction to this controversy was the right step. stephanie gosk, thank you. connect with the show at "velshi & ruhle." kasie hunt picks up the coverage right now. hello, friend. >> aloe to yohello to you, ali. i'm kasie hunt. the president's own department of homeland security has issued a scathing report on the squalid conditions found in a number of migrant detention centers along the border. the report from the dhs' office of the inspector general describes dangerous levels of overcrowding for long periods of time. in one facility, some adults
were kept in standing room only conditions for a week. while in another, many migrants spent more than a month in small cells packed dangerously over capacity. most of the adults have not had a shower despite some of them being held as long as a month. some facilities provided wet wipes to maintain hygiene. one man blocked in a crowded cell held up a crudely made sign for inspectors begging for help. meanwhile, many children were held without care for basic standards of living including access to showers and clean clothes. at two of the five facilities visited by the inspector general children were not give hot meals untilspectors arrived. but according to the president and his allies there's nothing here. kevin mcaleenan who defends the conditions at one notorious
center last week. >> unsubstantiated conditions last week at a state facility in texas created a sensation. that's balance ed somewhat sinc several media outlets visited and saw a clean facility. much of the coverage is too late and is missing the story. >> so, our big question today is will the white house accept accountability for its immigration policies? joining me now nbc news correspondent jacob soboroff. former correspondent carlos carvalho and barbara boxer who hosts the boxer podcast. jacob, let me start with you. the report from the oig. i'm going to read from it. senior managers at several facilities raised security concerns for their agents and detainees. for example, one called the situation a ticking time bomb.
it really underscores the fact that they seem to have understood just how bad things had gotten. and just how much of a problem this was going to be. and yet, nothing seems to be done. >> yeah, you hit the nail on the head, kasie. and i think the ticking time bomb very clearly references and is an accurate description of the seven facilities in the rio grande valley. but not only there, it can be applied to the facilities that julia ainsley and i reported on earlier this week in the el paso sector. and frankly that phrase, a ticking time bomb, can be ascribed to the border patrol system that's been in this country for decades. it's never been worse than it is right now in the trump administration seeing more families coming here, particularly because of the meteri ining policies that are forcing people to cross illegal with, because they don't want to
wait in one of the most dangerous countries in the world, mexico. but for years, we have known those detention facilities are designed for single adult men. and as you have people that have come to claim unaccompanied minors. with families in the trump administration, those facilities are not suitable for the people that are we're seeing cross our border largely asylum seekers. so you could call them a ticking time bomb over the course of the last year. frankly, they've been a ticking time bomb for decades, kasie. >> jacob, the white house must have had an advanced notice of this report, no? >> i don't know if the white house had knowledge of what was going on at these facilities and what the office of inspector general and department of homeland security was finding but they certainly had conversations with members of the homeland security they've known and i'm sure the president is getting reports who is
crossing the borders. where these folks have been detained ultimately where they want to go and why they come to this country. idea that maybe this is a surprise to the white house, you know, doesn't square with the information that's available to them from their own department of homeland security. i know they're plugged in daily on what's going on at the border. >> congresswoman carvalho, you tried to visit a detention facility and were denied access when you were a member of congress. and you are a republican, albeit one who has advocated at times for an immigration policy that is different than what this administration has, obviously, pushed. what is your view on what the administration needs to be doing right now to help the people who are in these detention centers? >> well, kasie, let me say this would be a difficult situation
for any administration. 3, 4, 5,000 people are coming across the border. this is a new kind of immigration. not like we used to see 10, 15 years ago. this is a difficult challenge, i think we have to be fair and rec this that. the other thing is there's a major difference between the detention facilities near the border and those in other parts of the country. down here in south florida, there are a few of them dedicated to minors and the conditions are a lot better than the images we've seen coming from the border. but the fact remains, the administration has to do better. and that they would just brush off this report from the department of homeland security is unacceptable. congress has to do more to dedicate more funding to update these facilities to make sure they're compatible, the kind of immigration we're seeing coming into our country. and, of course, the laws do have
to be changed because unfortunately, the way our laws are designed, they do invite people to come over with children specifically because the coyotes advertise that as a more advantageous strategy for trying to come to the united states. so, this is a complex, complicated problem. and unfortunately, i don't think this white house is taking it as seriously as they should. >> senator boxer, there is, though, i take the congressman's point. but there's still a lot of decisions that any decision that the administration may make on how people are crossing our borders. what could the trump administration be doing differently today to try and make this better? >> listen, i'm going to talk in very stark terms here. what we see is not a ticking time bomb. the bomb has gone off for seven children who died. for these little babies that have blue fingers because they're freezing. these parents who were told
reportedly, drink out of the toilet because there's no fresh water. this is nature you have to do better time. this is we're not going to have this done in our name time. and we have to fix it. it's a stain on america. it's being done in our name. so, what do we do? the first thing is, we bring back the model project that barack obama had in place that worked very well as an alternative to detention where 98% of the people showed up for their court date. and secondly, we need a surge of caseworkers. beto o'rourke has suggested this. caseworkers for these various cases so they can be followed. so they follow the rules, and they're taken care of. and we know that this -- you know, deterrence is a strategy of trump. and how does he think he's going to deter people?
by making them go through agony. this is not america. it needs to stop, period. >> jacob soboroff. >> respectively, to both the senator and the congressman, both of you served when these facilities were already in place. in 2014, president obama had a surge of unaccompanied migrant children in facilities just like this and we saw pictures just like this. so, these conditions are not new. i do agree with, senator boxer, president trump has made this worse than ever before. congressman curbelo, i have been to that homestead facility in south florida, i was just there last week. where are children are currently living in the custody of hhs. certainly, the facility is there better and the licensed day care workers to take care of children. but we didn't have any warning to this, that the ticking time bomb is just limited to this time period now, i don't think is fair. i think the immigration
detention system has been placed on deterrence in the clinton administration. there was a document put out preference through detearence. they've known from the bush administration into the obama administration and now with the trump administration worse than ever before was always forcing people to take more danger option and deadly routes into this country. and the conditions they were housed in, once in detention, were never meant for people to stay over 72 hours. we have seen stuff like this before. it's just not as bad as it is today. >> senator -- >> can i mention -- >> yeah, yeah. >> the reality here is the obama administration view ron immigration has been criticized. your response. >> it's all fine. it's all fine. the bottom line is, we can look back to those days where there were these issues but i would argue there's nothing, nothing to this extent.
this is deterrence by agony. that's what we have. it's just unreal. and i voted for comprehensive immigration reform. had paul ryan allowed that to go to vote we wouldn't have any of this now. we can argue about what happened in 2014. i'm up for that, i'm not absolving anybody. what i'm saying is, this is happening now. let's fix it now. >> right. >> let's surge the judges, let's surge the caseworkers. let's go back to obama's plan which was an alternative to detention that jake can't mention that was working really well. let's try it. i don't care -- i'm not saying everyone has been wonderful on this. i'm not saying i've been wonderful on this. it's happening now. and i'll tell you something, i wouldn't be surprised if there's some kind of complaint to the world court about this, that there are crimes against humanity going on in our name. in our name. >> congressman, jump in. >> let me just say briefly, the
administration deserves a lot of the criticism teit receives. and certainly on immigration. i was an outspoken critic while i was in congress on this administration. i will say wee need a little sobriety here. we need to take note of the fact this is an extraordinary set of circumstances. i remember in 1994, when over 13,000 cubans attempted to come across the florida strait. they set up tent companies at go guantanamo bay at gitmo. it's extraordinary. that doesn't mean it's extraordinary for the conditions that have been reported out of these facilities to be present, that will have to change. but again, this is not a regular time when it comes to illegal immigration into our country, and we just simply have to take that into account in evaluating what's happening at the border. >> but don't you think, congressman -- i do take your point that this is an
extraordinary circumstance. but these people are suffering, as the senator said -- >> and that's totally unacceptable. and what we need is for congress to fund new facilities that are compatible to the tiype of immigration we're getting into our country. it's not men crossing the border looking for work anymore. it's families, it's children. and these facilities aren't designed to hold them. and we need facilities that can hold these families while their cases are being adjudicated and processed. >> can i quickly jump in? >> very quickly, jacob. we've got to go to break. >> what the congressman is suggesting here and correct me if i'm wrong, what the trump administration is suggesting and what the obama administration also wanted to do was to turn around undocumented migrant children from central america. deport them immediately and/or detain families indefinitely. instead of releasing them into the interior.
when you say we need to change the laws, i think we need to go deeper on what changing the laws actually means. >> well, jacob, real quick, it doesn't have to be that way. we can prioritize case where is minors are involved so they can be processed immediately, not that they're held months and months, but maybe two or three weeks until those cases are adjudicated. >> can i just say -- >> i'm sorry, senator. we have to go. >> it is. it is. >> this is an emotional debate. and that is a policy that we've discussed on the program. thank you all very much. still to come this hour, new concerns just hours before the fourth of july celebration in washington, including reports that only trump supporters will get a front row seat to the president's salute to america. plus, iowa, iowa, iowa. kamala harris heads to the first caucus state using they are post-debate surge in polling to close in on joe biden.
republican party with a gaping hole in its political machinery. the president called the nra a, quote, victim of harassment in a tweet this week saying that the gun rights group that helps get into the white house might move to texas where they are loved. he suggested the nra can get better protection there from the new york state investigation into the group's tax exempt status. but the attention from the president comes amid multiple other reports around the fracture at the nra, including an ugly dispute over leadership of the organization. joining me the politico reporter and msnbc contributor betsy woodruff. thank you both. alex, this was your story in politico, just how concerned the president's campaign was about, frankly, seems like a total collapse at the nra. or the inability to look outward. what does it mean potentially for the president's re-elect?
>> it's hard to point out how important it is for the nra for the turnout apparatus to the elections. the nra has over 5 million members and the dues paying members that you have, for them, the nra is a very important -- it's a very important organization. so they can really turn out voters. and they can turn out voters for the republican side. without them on the field that can have big implications for the gop come 2020. >> betsy, you've done a lot of reporting on kind of how the bottom has fallen out on the nra and how they have turned on each other. what is your assessment rooted in that on how effective it is in 2020? >> the biggest question is money. is the nra able to replicate the massive expenditures it made on trump's raise in 2016 2016? there were some voices according to my voices who said this trump guy doesn't look like these going very far.
maybe we should focus on congress making sure that the potential president clinton would have majority in the house and senate. but several leadership figures in the nra including people i've spoken to chris cox argued, no, we need to go all in, and we need to spend big on trump. chris cox who used to be the top lobbyist at the nra just officially left the association within the last few days. how that leadership void is going to be filled is really important. and, of course, the huge question is are the nra's financial problems going to limit how big of a war chest they had to spend on trump. oliver north who was formally the president of nra deposed and described as a coup, wrote that the nra upwards of $120 million upwards just for legal expenses. if they're spending on legal bills at that scale that's a lot of money for a nonprofit. and it's money they can't spend in 2020.
>> betsy, how much of this has trickled down to what alex was saying that people show up and do what the nra asked them to do? are they starting to get nervous? >> look. it's hard to see how far it's trickled out. and there's a lot of skepticism with the mainstream media. they view the reporters who cover these issues as generally hostile to what they care about. as far as an audience, it's more skeptical. at the same time, of course, it's frustrating board members. alan west who is a conservative fan favorite is a member of nra board and has called for wane lapierre to be deposed. and if you look at the comments on the youtube gun pages you'll see a ton of friction and ton of criticism particularly of nra ceo wayne lapierre. >> alex, you write that this goes beyond republicans.
calling on the nra to address it. and expressing views to todd young. >> absolutely. republicans are trying to protect their senate majority in 2020. a lot of senators elected in 2016 won with the help of the national rifle association. you can bet it's not just the trump campaign counting on the nra to turn out voters in critical states like michigan, pennsylvania, wisconsin, those important rust belt states. it's also going to be senators up for re-election in 2020. you're likely to hear a lot more from them in the weeks to come. >> a lot at stake. thank you both very much. great to see you. with her polling on the rise, can kamala harris create a winning coalition like former president obama's? if you have moderate to severe psoriasis
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in the early caucus state. the senator's rise has some people wonder whether she can follow in obama's foot steps. quote, the question turns on the notion of electability. an obsession for primary voters on its head that would have been unconceivable just a week ago. like obama, harris hails from her party's establishment but it is a relatively fresh face with only two years in her senate. she has positions which can make they are appealing to more liberal young voters. vaughn hillyard, alex setwald. and our washington correspondent and msnbc contributor. obviously, the polls have been good for senator harris. but i'm curious what you're picking up behind the scenes with the campaign. i mean, clearly many of her staffers have been pretty giddy about her performance.
and it is starting to show up in the numbers. but at the same time, they've made a risky strategy bet here. and there are also questions if she is going to go in iowa, this poll would suggest perhaps she can. what are you picking up on? >> exactly. this is a campaign that looked at their polling sitting at 6%, 7%, 8%, ever since her launch back in january. and the campaign always looked at this as the debate being an opportunity to introduce herself. as alex pointed out in his piece there, she's just in her third year in the united states senate out of california. the debate was an opportunity to speak in front of 20 million people and essentially introduce herself. and what the campaign has been compelled to make the case on from going through the likes of michigan down into louisiana through this primary process, is that kamala harris is a general election candidate. barack obama for one should know won the iowa caucus over the likes of john edwards and
hillary clinton. he also won the state of iowa not only over john mccain, but john kerry. in places like in iowa, also in michigan and drive higher turnout in places like the detroit area, or around the parts of milwaukee, essentially, when you're talking about electability, kamala harris is your candidate. that's the case she's trying to make over the next two days in iowa to iowans. >> aneesh, what have you seen on this question of iowa. you know, it's true that barack obama was, you know, an african-american who appealed to a largely white electorate in iowa and set him on the path to the presidency. and the coalition we're seeing behind this polling is white liberals and increasingly african-americans. is this a trajectory that can hold? >> it's a trajectory that can
hold if she can weather the storm of an intense background with her stance on all sorts of things as a prosecutor. i've talked to some democratic consultants who say there's going to be a number of front-runners going forward. right now, joe biden was seen as the person leading the pack. kamala harris i should also say are on the rise. i think what we're going to look at, whether or not after people learn more about senator harris' background including all of her criminal justice issues and her stances on immigration and health care. where she differs in some ways from other candidates. thinking about she would not eliminate private insurance for government-run insurance. i think once people start digging into her, we'll have to see whether or not she can hold that coalition together but, of course, people are very excited about her. i think her debate performance made a lost of people she could go after donald trump. she could be on stage with him,
look him in the eye and go toe to toe with him. >> alex, one critical piece, obviously, african-american voters. that has been the most important, i would say, piece to joe biden's support. you write support for biden among blacks, a democratic voting bloc -- excuse me, this is a reuters poll, not your yours. my apologies. they backed two out of ten compared to 4 out of ten in the june poll for biden. that seems to be making inroads, what's going to assessment th i anything? >> it's going to unite hopefully liberals on one hand, given her background. the two groups going, the liberals and the african-americans that's a pretty unstoppable coalition. there's been four or five polls after the debate including
reuters, quinnipiac yesterday that shows her climbing among americans and biden. it has been her biggest source of strength. it was hillary clinton's in 2016. i think the field is too big to consolidate. african-americans, obviously, cory booker is still in the race. if she can solidify a big chunk of them, that will solidify the base in the long run. she's a woman and women did very well in 2018. democrats are very excited about voting for a woman right now. the question is she too little for everyone and fallen to the middle where she has been ahead in the debate. or can she now use the strength of the debate stage to move forward? >> let me take that last vote with women voters ahead. lisa ware at the "the new york times" wrote today thinking that a woman is not the right nominee in 2016 -- or in 2020, because a
woman lost to donald trump in 2016. and there was a south carolina voter quoted in her story who supports harris. but this woman who says she is an african-american woman says, quote, i don't think she can win. i'm sorry to have to say that, she is a woman and she is black. as a black woman myself as much as we would like to believe this is this huge shift in this country, we have seen the people have to fight back. how much this radar contributed to harris' struggle to rise. she's broken out since but she was floating back there for a while. is this why? >> this is a huge problem. electability is the number one thing democrats say they care about. the very first voter january 6th said i love elizabeth warren but i don't think the country is ready for a woman. it was a middle aged woman who told me this. the data, on the other hand show
me this is not true that women on the ballot win just as much as men do. and the authorization of women in politics is more for candidates getting on the ballots, more than voters discriminating against them when they're voting. so i think the electorate is starting to realize that and combat the perception -- >> i also think barack obama -- >> the difference, of course, between what -- the data that you're talking about and, you know, what actually is playing out on the ground is something that we've never had it tested at the presidential level. >> ewtrue. >> go ahead. >> i'll also say when barack obama was running, there were so many african-americans that told me personally i'm not sure this country is ready for it. then when he won in iowa and the debates and people listened to his message and became inspired by his campaign. people said we're going behind this african-american man. the same thing with is that right harris.
i think her debate performance, making people understand that could be an african-american women. and when we saw progress it was an african-american man pushing the boundaries. it will be elizabeth warren or tulsi gabbard, or other women to inspire a nation, if they're to be successful. >> all right. thank you guys, all, very much. so with biden in the lead and harris surging in these polls, what about the rest of the field? we're going to check in with nbc's road warriors who are with senator senators warren and sanders. yo. and here to listen and help you through it all is bank of america. with the expertise and know-how you need to reach that blissful state of done-ness.
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vice president joe biden is still atop every poll out there. and yes, caveat, it is early. but according to three major polls out since the debates, a field of four, biden, harris, warren and sanders seem to be separating from the pact. and when wquinnipiac asked specifically which came out as favorites, senator sanders an e elizabeth warren. shaq, let me start with you, sanders' support has been slipping in these recent national polls. you know, i've seen some flashes of frustration from sanders in that, he feels and will tell
anyone -- had told me in a recent interview, you know, he's the reason why we're talking about some of those policy issues, medicare for all, et cetera. how is the campaign, you know, trying to get their footing back underneath them? >> you hit that point, kasie. there are so many more options for voters in this election with so many candidates there. that's why you have senator sanders focused on contacting as many voters as he can. he's in the middle of a three-day swing through the state of iowa and what's interesting what he's highlighting in this trip. i can tell you, he's not highlighting those recent polls. i spoke to his chief of staff about an hour ago. for every poll that i was able to mention that sanders was down, he was able to throw back polls showing sanders gaining momentum or standards. he's focusing on retail politics. he's having ice cream socials. he's going to be marching in, i
think, five independence day parades over the course of this trip. he's vying to focus on voters and his ground game. he just opened up an office in iowa city. he's going to be opening up two more on the trip, trying to galvanize supporters and bringing in as much as he can. >> that organization i will absolutely buy but i do not recognize the ice cream social candidate bernie sanders compared to the large rally version of him of 2017. >> and selfies. >> ali, you're covering elizabeth warren. she seems to be having something of a moment. what's the sense where her support is coming from? is it coming from bernie supporters? is it coming from elsewhere? and how do they make sure they continue that slow and steady build?
>> reporter: you say slow and steady, that's been the mantra here. they've held to the theory that the polls will rise and fall but the ultimate thing you can't get back in a campaign is time. that's why elizabeth warren was one of the earliest people in the race to launch they are campaign. she's been getting folks out on the ground. we haven't seen her quarter two rate. her burn game is so high because they invested so heavily in the ground game. where he's going to be in reno tonight, she's seen the payoff. voters who like her on policy recognize there might be a policy twin in bernie sanders. but they're not buying him as the messenger necessarily. listen to what one voter told me last night. >> bernie is not on my list this time around. i think we all heard his plans last time. and it didn't get him the nomination. i think we're ready for someone new. and when i watched the debates,
bernie, to me, personally, he came across as kind of angry and in your face. and that's not what we need right now. i'm done with in your face. >> reporter: this is the reality of the new landscape for bernie sanders. last time around it was him versus hillary clinton. this time around, it's him and his ideas with central focus. but maybe a lot can pick up where bernie sanders left off, kasie. >> interesting comments from that voter there. ginger gibson, the sanders campaign insists they're going to try to keep their base and reach out to disillusioned voters. perhaps people who voted for trump to get ahead in the campaign. the reality is, he seems to be basically if not falling, but right where he was, and in a crowded spplan like this, that'a bad spot to be?
>> where is his floor, people have suggested he might already be there. this is he's stride dent suppnts and he hasn't grown from there. he hasn't appeared to evolve or grow his base in a way that would bring more people in, particularly when there are more people on the stage with him of which to choose from. the party has changed a lot in the last four years. the voters have changed a lot in the last four years. largely, bernie sanders will tell you, oh, he's got new proposals. he's changed a lot. really, the bernie sanders we saw on that 2016 stage is the same bernie sanders we saw last week. >> he'll talk about economic justice but not necessarily social justice which is what a lot of voters are looking for. >> thank you guys very much. the stage is set and the tanks have taken to the mall. the concern over the president's fourth of july salute to america
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recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country, just a fraction of the extra cost the government faces as a result of this event. the president promising a show of a lifetime defended his production on twitter saying, quote, the cost of our great salute to america will be very little campaiompared to what it worth, we have the tanks and the pilot, the airport is right next door all we need is the fuel. we own the tanks and all. fireworks are donated. you're watching all of this unfold. and clearly, one of the big differences from years past, suddenly, there is a vip section, for the best seats in the house, that, you know, it used to be, whoever -- the egalitarian rule of the day, first come, first served?
>> that's right, kasie, exactly. as you see over my shoulder, those preps continue. we're actually going to show you exactly where president trump is going to speaking from tomorrow evening. as you can see, the customary bulletproof class that surrounds the president at a large-scale event. this is open and free to the public but certainly those who have tickets from the republican national committee and even the trump campaign have the best seats in the house. those folks have a primary section in the front. and they'll actually have very good view of some of those military vehicles. you mentioned. there is a bradley fighting vehicle that was parked on independence and moved here a short time ago. just a small fraction of the military might that will be on full display. that's what the president wants. he wants these optics around the
world. he was inspired in paris by president macron and said i would like to do this back home. we don't know how much this is going to cost. there are a lot of elements. military flyovers. all of the military branches represented. and the big question will this turn more campaign rally than a typically nonpartisan event. that remains to be seen. there are sound checks here. they're getting ready. yeah, security has been tight. there aren't tourists allowed inside the lincoln memorial anymore, and probably until this event is over tomorrow. this taking center stage on the national mall, kasie. >> courtney, to pick up on that point that monica was making at the rick sk of it turning into campaign rally. first of all, how unusual is it
for the united states military to be involved in a production like this? how much historically is this something they're used to doing? and second of all, what is the level of concern around the possibility of politics to play into an event -- obviously, we know our military leaders are typically to clear that. >> so, of course, the military is not allowed to be involved officially in any political event. there are specific rules. can d candidly in the last year or two, we've seen more guidelines in the last couple of weeks, secretary shanahan put out a memo reminding people that the military is apolitical. fourth of july is not typically a military holiday where you see military leaders spread throughout the country involved in these kind of activities. since the parade, the first of the planning, when we first hurts mention of the parade
there has been concern from military leaders here at the pentagon that this could become a political rally that would be awkward for the military leaders there and the military involved. defense officials we've spoken with this week that they're assured that president trump, his speech is less than 20 minutes. he will speak about four minutes about each service. there's some belief that he wants the joint chiefs -- for the most part it will be vice chiefs who will be here. that he wants each individual representative at some point to come up and stand with them when they're reviewing their aircraft. when he's talking about them or whatever. but there is some concern that in fact that could look like a political statement or a political rally. but what's important to note here is that the pentagon lawyers, they went through this event as they do when there's any military participation in an event, they found that in fact it is legal. and they are allowed to both participate and attend this
event, kasie. >> so, has the pentagon reviewed the president's remarks? do they know what he's going to say to make sure they're comfortable having their guys stand up next to him? >> at this point, all they've been given is the guidance that he'll be speaking about the various services here. assuming the weather holds out and they have flyovers each will be represented in the air show. the f-22s, the f-35s. the blue angels it will culminate with with the navy's blue angels. of course, they participate in air shows all over the country, all over the world so that won't be uncommon. what we don't know yet exactly will the president stick to the script here or go off on a political tangent. >> always an important question. thank you very much. today, the country said farewell to a hero. one more time up next.
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one more thing before we go. today in new york, the city and world said good-bye to 9/11 first responders luis alvarez. chances are you know the nypd detective from his final days spent on capitol hill, fighting for lawmakers to continue funding for the 9/11 compensation fund. but alvarez became an american hero long before then, atop the rubble of ground zero spending
months combing for survivors and remains. many of his fallen comrades. despite having trouble breathing detective alvarez kept going after the epa told him the air was fine but it wasn't. three years ago, alvarez began his fight with colon cancer. despite growing weak and weak, he never stopped fighting. >> you made me come down here the day before my 69th round of chemo. and i'm going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 responders. if i can help, just one more first responder, then it makes it all worth while for me. you know, it sounds like a cliche, but it's the truth. >> sadly, alvarez never made it
to that 69th round of chemo. instead going into hospice, shortly after he returned from capitol hill. he passed away this weekend, joining more than 2,000 first responders to pass away from illnesses related to their work at ground zero. at today's ceremony, in the same church he grew up attending after moving from cuba at 1-year-old, his priest relayed the single request that luis had for this funeral that we all remember the brave men and women who went before him and those continue to fight noun that he's gone. today as the 53-year-old was remembered, the last words he's known to have said were recited. quote, at the end, the only thing that matters is how much we loved. may he rest in peace. that wraps things up for us this hour. i'm cakasie hunt in washington.
ali picks things up. president trump has launched a new attack on china and europe, accusing them of playing a big currency manipulation game. he tweeted united states should match the effort or continue to be the dummies who sit back and watch as other countries continue to play their games. such a move, by the way, would directly contradict u.s. policy not to manipulate the dollars value to gain trade advantages. and the treasury department said earlier this year that no country meets its criteria of being labelled a currency manipulator, although it put china and eight other countries on a watch list. donald trump has been pushing this irfor years. as a candidate, he repeatedly accused china of manipulating its currency and vowed to fight back. >> we can't let these other countries manipulate their currencies. they're devaluing their currencies. they're making it impossible for our companies, our companies