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>> okay, glenn. thanks for watching. . breaking news tonight. donald trump's surprise visit to mexico, standing side by side with that country's president. is trump backing down on some of his signature promises. he says they didn't even discuss who would pay for the wall. growing triple threat, another named storm gaining steam in the tropic, hurricane watches in florida millions on high alert. violent flight. passengers injured during severe turbulence, the latest terrifying incident and pilots unable to see it coming. destination unknown. tickets are booked, bags are packed, plans are set, imagine, you're not even told where you're going. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, i've savannah guthrie, in for lester. mexico has played a prominent role for donald trump from fiery accusations about criminals and rapists pouring over the border to promises to build a wall and force mexico pay for it. fast forward to today when trump in a surprise move, traveled to mexico city at the invitation of that country's president, standing side by side in a photo-op moment his advisors hoped would make trump come across presidential. gone was the confrontational rhetoric, no talk of a bill for the wall. did trump make the most of an opportunity or miss one? we begin with miguel almaguer in mexico city. >> reporter: arriving late this afternoon in
mexico city, donald trump's meeting with president nieto was cord dahl. >> -- cordial. >> we had a very constructive substantive exchange of ideas. >> reporter: after extending an invitation to the nominee, mexico's president seemed at times defiant, a point by point rebuttal. he said mexico deser deserved the respect of everyone, a sentiment trump even ec echoed. >> spectacular hard working people. >> reporter: an about face when trump kicked off his campaign 14 month ago by vilifying mexico. >> they are not our friend, believe me, they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime and they're rapisrapists. >> reporter: easing his stance on trade specifically nafta, trump also didn't talk about who pay noers wall on the border. >> we didn't discuss who paid for it. >> reporter: that in stark contrast to
support owners the trail. >> who's going to pay for the wall? >> mexico. >> reporter: when mexican officials had taken on trump previously, he fired back. >> that wall gets 10 feet higher. >> the embattled president nieto had likened the republican nominee's rhetoric to that of a dictator like adolph hitler or muss so lin -- mu so linney. and former president fox saying he wouldn't pay for the wall. >> i'm not going to pay for that -- wall. >> reporter: and the embassy that often provides briefing and support to candidates for on for trips, this time staying on the sidelines. trump's team didn't reach out. trump's visit to mexico a gamble. >> he didn't know what the president of mexico would say. given the position he's in, he needs to gamble here or there. >> reporter: whether that gamble paid off
is tonight up for debate. >> with donald trump hoping to appear presidential, tonight, mexico's president is under fire for even inviting the presidential candidate to this country. trump says he shares five goals with mexico, including keeping wealth in this hemisphere and dismantling the drug cart cartels. >> miguel almaguer starting us off. thank you. a big day and night for trump set to deliver his signature speech on immigration and 11th a lot of people wondering where exactly he stands on some issues, even some who support him. hallie jackson is learning new details about trump's high stakes speech. >> reporter: donald trump, heading back across the border as his mexico city meeting overshadows the biggest policy speech of his campaign so far on immigration. what to expect? clarity presumably what he will do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants still living here. >> does he still plan to round up and deport
every last living immigrant starting on day one. >> you will hear how he plans to address the 11 million. >> reporter: trump said he's not soft softening up. >> i had people say it's hardening. >> reporter: even some of his advisors argue for a more moderate stance. >> wholesale importation is a log gist call impossibility. >> reporter: he won't support in contrast to hillary clinton. he tells "abc news", trump will go after her hard tonight and call for better enforcement and oversatisfying. >> we will build the wall. >> reporter: building the wall on the southern border has been trump's most consistent pledge. on this side of the border, his attacks on mexico and rhetoric on immigration have turned off many hispanic voters with democrats working to turn them out in november. that includes voters like maria, a housekeeper in vegas. >> in more than six
years that i vote, this is the top. i feel like we are under attack by donald trump. >> donald trump needs to be worried not only about his paltry numbers with latino voters, also how his position really affects independent and moderate republicans. those are voters who are also turned off by his hard line stance on immigration. >> reporter: while trump doesn't have much support from the hispanic community, a new poll just out sh shows nationally he's closing in on hillary clinton's lead. tonight, in phoenix, a key test, how and if he can reconcile his more diplomatic tone in mexico with the more fiery one we see from him on the campaign trail. savannah. >> hallie jackson, thank you. lots to chew on. moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. i think you agree this is a pretty high risk move, did it pay off? >> as political theater goes, gentlemyes, it paid off for donald
trump and we will learn how it went after the speech in totality. it does matter, what is his position and what does he plan to do with the 11 or 15 million undocumented folks here. does he soften his stance and is his tone truly different how he wants to tackle immigration. that we learn tonight. i have to say the bar is extremely low for trump when it comes to staying on message and things like that. i thought he exceeded that bar and looked presidential. the thought i have what was the mexican president thinking? i think he's in more hot water tonight than anybody. >> chuck, thank you very much. with many polls sh showing a tightening race now, hillary clinton was on the trail as well today making her pitch to veterans even as she continues to grapple with sinking favorability ratings. here's nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton atta attacking donald trump for his drop-in visit to mexico. >> it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of
insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours. >> reporter: as trump was grabbing the spotlight south of the border, clinton trying to win over veterans at home, arguing to the american legion trump is wrong about the military. >> i completely reject any, including my opponent, who calls the american military, and i quote, a disaster. >> i like what she had to say and i think she might just have my vote in november. >> i'm a 1,000% trump man. i just don't believe i can trust hillary. she lies too much. >> reporter: her pitch to veterans coming as clinton's favorability is dropping showing more americans view her unfavorably than ever before. among women favorability down nine points. >> madam secretary, just a few minutes. >> how are you doing, andrea? when do you think you might go to mexico, madam secretary? >> reporter: clinton in public for the first time in almost a
week spending most of her time with big donors raking in almost $23 million in three days, jtrump's speech certainly overshadowed clinton's speech today and trying to reassure ret vans. >> a state of emergency declared in florida as a gathering storm gains speed. tropical storm hermine closes in and hurricane watches are up. that is not the only trouble brewing, also not one of bbut two hurricanes coming and bracing for impact. gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: tonight, what was once tropical depression number 9 has strengthened into tropical storm hermine, slogging towards florida's gulfcoast. >> the risk we have right now is we know we will have storm search. it's anticipated to be 3 to 5 feet, however we have the risk of up to nine feet of storm
surge. >> reporter: the system threatening to dump up to 15 inches of rain in parts of the sunshine state. 42 county is an state of emergency and some places travel already treacherous, a driver rescued after this car was swept off the road. nearly 11 years since florida's last hurricane. fred mets ler is already pumping water out of his gulfport restaurant at high tide. >> trying to keep it where it's not a sw swimming pool. >> reporter: hermine expected to continue to threaten the east coast with dangerous rip currents through the holiday weekend. half a world away, hawaii is bracing for hurricane madeline. windows boarded up, fema flying supplies to the big island and hurricane lester not far behind and partnering with nasa to fly a global hawk drone the same once used for the military for spy missions now capturing these images off florida's coast. >> it flies higher than traditional
aircraft do and flies lo longer. we can stay on station over the storm a lo longer period of time. >> reporter: storm surge expected to be a major problem up florida's gulfcoast. right now, there are mandatory evacuations under way in franklin conti, the florida panhandle and several coastal communities starting to flood even before this storm makes landfall. >> thank you. al roker is here with us, a real busy time in the tropics, i see a mess on your map there. >> we've been talking about this system two weeks and will be talking about it into next week. 45 miles an hour winds and stationary but you see the rain bands already pushing out. we look for landfall sometime in this florida panhandle late thursday evening and continues up the coast. look at the cone of uncertainty. this is the latest we've gotten from boston, new york, philly, providence, washington, all have to worry about this system going into labor day weekend. we have hurricane
watches from destin to the bay. look for hurricane watches, we have tropical storm watches in florida into georgia where we have the risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes from savannah all the way down to tampa. rainfall amounts, 5-10, 12 inches of rain, but 7-8 inches all the way up to the carolinas and georgia. and we've got rip currents from port st. lucie all the way to nantucket and we also have madeline 95 miles south of he low, it stays to the south and lester to the north and hopefully they get spared. >> your plate is full, definitely, al. thank you very much. history was made high in the sky today with the first commercial flight from the u.s. to cuba in more than 50 years. it's a new chapter in the thawing relations to cuba after ties were restored last year. nbc's kerry sanders take us aboard. >> reporter: jetblue flight 387 made
history today. a celebrated takeoff in fort lauderdale. destination, santa clara, cuba. the last directly scheduled direct service to the island, 1961. among the 150 passengers on this inaugural flight, 16-year-old sophia compton from chicago. >> i think it's really historical. >> reporter: the flight today is really remarkable, you think back to 1962. right now, we're over the same waters where the tense relations between the united states and cuba led to a u.s. naval blockade of the communist island. making the landing at 11:57 a.m. today, that much more momentous. in the coming weeks, at least eight u.s. airlines will be flying across the u.s. to various cities here displacing the expensive and complicated charter flights. >> you have to be prepared to go to cuba and know it will be the equivalent of ca camping out. >> reporter: the cuban american martinez
family traveled to cuba today to get married. >> we'll come again, maybe once a year. >> reporter: the cuban government hopes more americans will follow. kerry sanders, nbc news. still ahead, nightmare flight. it happened yet again, a plane forced to make an emergency landing as turbulence leaves them with cuts and bruises and broken bones. >> bags, checked, can a toothpaste do everything well? this clean was like - pow. it felt like i had just gone to the dentist. it just kind of like, wiped everything clean. my teeth are glowing. they look great. they are so white. crest hd 6x cleaning. 6x whitening. and at two weeks, superior sensitivity relief to the leading sensitivity toothpaste. i actually really like the two steps! crest hd step 1 cleans, step 2 whitens. it's the whole package. no one's done this. crest - healthy, beautiful smiles for life.
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we're back with terrifying moments with passengers and crews on a flight from lop don and the plane had to make a stop at ireland after severe turbulence over the ocean. 12 people were injured including women and children. >> reporter: the united flight met by ambulance crews and medics tending to injured in the terminal. it was early in the morning when the boeing ran into trouble over the atlantic. without warning, violent turbulence. >> a very huge drop in altitude, one right after the other. >> reporter: with at least a dozen people injured the pilots diverted to shannon, ireland. >> i want to confirm.
>> there are no control problems. >> reporter: while on the ground they twe tweeted emergency landing in ireland, a few people had broken bones. others described the scene on board. >> it was like one of those "star trek" episo episodes, you go through a field of rocks in the space and banging against everything, actually banging against things. >> most of them that weren't buckled in, they hit the roof, the ceiling. there was one next to me that hit the floor and some injuries due to that. >> reporter: turbulence is not uncommon. in may, severe turbulence forced a flight to make an emergency landing in indonesia, 31 people injured, some seriously. clear air teachers usually occurs when the fast moving jet stream the planes often use as a tailwind suddenly collides with very slow moving air. >> the problem for pilots, you can't see turbulence on radar. it is a high altitude phenomenon, because
there are no thunderstorms associated with it, radar won't pick it up. >> reporter: in the u.s., the faa reports last year, 21 people were injured in severe unexpected violent turbulence, why flight attendants and pilots remind all of us to always keep those seatbelts fastened. >> tom costello, thank you. when we come back, a hair raising close encounter caught on camera. (man) honey, what's a word for "large blaze"?
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the end to the olympics in rio, that country's president, dilma rousseff has been ousted by the senate for breaking fiscal laws while managing the budget. it has been going on a year for now and she called it a coup and repeatedly denied those charges. a woman got a surprise when she looked up from her phone and came face to face with a black bear. she was sitting in her driveway when she suddenly noticed the unexpected visitor inches away. she caught it on camera sniffing her before her son came and warned it off. wildlife police are now warning the public and now trying to find and track that bear. when we come back, how you can give your
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