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"nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. it was the first encounter watched around the world. president donald trump and russian president vladimir putin meeting face-to-face one-on-one for first time, every handshake, glance and utterance closely watched and pored over for meaning. tonight the big question is answers. we learned the president did in fact confront putin for meddling in the u.s. election. but that was just the beginning of a highstakes meeting scheduled to last 30 minutes, it stretched into hours. our team has it all covered tonight. we begin with nbc's chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. good evening. >> reporter: savannah, good evening to you. this may have been the most important diplomatic meeting yet for president trump.
formally face-to-face for first time with the leader of the country accused of meddling in our election, and that was topic number one for the u.s. with two different stories tonight on how that discussion went. the world watching to see where this relationship goes next. in front of the cameras, every move scrutinized. >> it's an honor to be with you. >> reporter: behind closed doors, every word. with president trump starting talks by pressing president putin on russia's interference in our election. >> the president opened the meeting with president putin by raising the concerns of the american people regarding russian interference in the 2016 election. they had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject. >> reporter: that coming just a day after the president decline to definitively say moscow did meddle. both sides say the issue came up today but each described it
differently sharing only what they wanted to. russia's foreign minister said president trump accepted putin's denial. but a source says that's not accurate. tillerson, who says russia asked for proof, calls moscow's meddling an intractable disagreement. >> i think the president at this point, he pressed him and then, you know, felt like at this point, let's talk about how do we go forward. >> reporter: the secretary of state, one of just six people in the room. both presidents, their top diplomats and two translators watching as president trump reached out twice to shake president putin's hand, then as reporters started to leave, putin leaning over to whisper something. a joke, jabbing the journalists, asking if they're the ones who insulted president trump. the marathon meeting set to last roughly 30 minutes, instead stretch to 2 hours and 16 minutes, not even an appearance by melania trump who later sat next to putin at dinner, could help wrap things up. >> they sent in first lady at one point to
see if she could get us out of there, and that didn't work either. >> reporter: both leaders so engaged neither one of them wanted to stop, according to tillerson, who described the positive chemistry. for most of the meeting, the two talked syria. the u.s. announcing a cease-fire set to start sunday framed as the best indication they can work together there. on north korea, stark differences acknowledged by tillerson with moscow just this week refusing to back tougher action against kim jong-un. both the president and putin agreed the rogue regime should not develop nuclear weapons. >> president putin is never going to be your friend. we need to treat him with extreme caution and not read too much into a warm sense in a meeting. >> reporter: president trump also today met with the leader of mexico. and when asked if he still wanted mexico to pay for that border wall, something the country has said it wouldn't do, president trump seated next to
president pena nieto, ed, absolutely. >> ambassador to russia during the obama administration. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> you've been in the room with putin in a meeting just like the. read the tea leaves for us. some signs of cooperation. who is the big winner? >> well, both presidents wanted to have a good meeting. they both said that before, and they came out afterwards and they both said that they had a good meeting. so for what they wanted to achieve, they both feel like winners. from my point of view, i think putin's the winner because in particular in the conversation about russia's interference, their violation of our sovereignty in 2016, it sounds like they kind of agreed to disagree. we can agree to disagree about policies. we can't agree to disagree about facts, and the facts are russia hacked our elections. there should be pushback to that. >> ambassador michael
mcfaul, thank you for being here. while that highstakes meeting was going on inside the g-20, outside the violence intensified for yet another day between the protesters the and police. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel was in the thick of it. >> reporter: tonight thousands of demonstrators once again descended on hamburg with a mission to disrupt this meeting of world leaders. and some had a message for one of them. >> for me personally, it's one of the reasons why i'm here, because of trump. >> reporter: for many, president trump embodies everything these anti-capitalists, anti-elite protesters are against. the police are clearing people out, moving through the streets, using their pepper spray and sometimes, as you can see here, just pushing people out of the way. most of the demonstrators were peaceful, but others, often dressed in black, self-described anarchists, were looking for a fight. >> people protests is not strong enough.
>> reporter: they wanted violence and they got it. the police have just escalated from the water cannons. they're charging the protesters and they're trying to get out of here as fast as possible. authorities called in reinforcements. hundreds of officers added to the 20,000 police already on the streets. along with 45 water cannons. at one point the protests keeping melania trump from leaving her guest residence out of security concerns. today wasn't deadly, but dozens of police and protesters were injured by broken bottle ors or fireworks. one pulled from the water. some of the demonstrations have descended into vandalism with cars set on fire, shops attacked and has spread to several parts of hamburg. >> richard engel, thank you. you can hear much more on the trump/putin relationship in the first installment of richard's special series "on assignment
with richard engel" tonight at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. the urning to an urgent warning. hackers have launched a series of cyber attacks targets a dozen of those u.s. facilities. once again russia is the prime suspect. nbc's pete williams with the details. >> reporter: u.s. officials say tonight they sent a bulletin warning of a series of cyber attacks beginning in may on companies that run a dozen u.s. nuclear power plants. several u.s. intelligence officials tell nbc news russian hackers are strongly suspected because the attacks resembled previous cyber intrusions known to have been carried out by the russians on electrical grids in other countries. among the targets, the wolf creek nuclear plant in burlington, kansas. the fbi and homeland security says it appears to be limited to administrative and business networks, not plant controls. and the company says the intrusion had no impact on the plant because the targeted
operational computer systems are completely separate from the corporate network. security experts say the hackers' goal could be the threat of a blackout. >> to send a message to say back off because we have the ability to strike you in the heart of your core system, your networks that matter to your economy and to your lifestyle. >> reporter: the industry says none of the control systems for any of the nation's 99 operating nuclear plants are connected to the internet, but some experts say the intrusions are a wake-up call. >> the problem is that the nuclear industry in the united states is under very great economic strain right now and they're looking to cut costs in everything, safety, security and cyber security. >> reporter: the industry says security is a top priority and that nuclear plants know they're not immune from cyber attacks. pete williams, nbc news, washington. and now to the hostage drama inside an atlanta area bank today. police say a man claiming to have a bomb held two women captive before it all came to a deadly end.
tonight, investigators are still analyzing the evidence to see whether he really did have an explosive device. nbc's kerry sanders now with more. >> reporter: today a tense hours long standoff inside this bank while inside a man identified by family as brian easley claiming to be a veteran marine who served in iraq, held two women hostage and said he had a bomb. >> i don't want to hurt them. >> reporter: in a twist the suspect called a local tv station to tell his story. >> i just want my money back, and i don't want them to get hurt. >> reporter: he said the veterans administration stole his life savings, $892. >> they took my disability check. i have nothing. i'm going to be out on the street. i've been able to hold up with my last little bit of money i've got, i've been able to hole up at a hotel but i'm going to be out on the street. >> reporter: after hour s easley released both hostages before
police broke through a brick wall. and he died in what police often call suicide by cop. kerry sanders, nbc news. now the scary moments aboard the delta flight from seattle to beijing. the flight was forced to turn back when police say a passenger attacked a flight attendant while trying to open an exit door. fellow passengers jumped in to subdue the man and tied him down. miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: shortly after the delta flight was airborne, chaos in the aisle. >> approaching delta 12 t, an emergency. >> reporter: authorities say 23-year-old joseph hudek assaulted a flight attendant and injured at least one assisting passenger after he was seen pacing and tried to open the exit door midflight. >> we could hear screaming, commotion and, you know, my first thought was is this a terrorist attack? >> reporter: passengers on that delayed flight arriving in beijing
today, say the injured flight attendant is a hero. >> she hit the man over the head with a bottle, which knocked him down. >> she was wounded, and then they got -- five passengers got him down and zip tied him. >> reporter: delta flight 129 departed seattle thursday night headed to beijing when it turned around 45 minutes after takeoff. 207 passengers were aboard. the suspect was in first class when the plane circled back. >> what is with you? >> reporter: while physical assaults on crew members are rare, unruly passengers were involved in at least 92 incidents last year alone. tonight we've learned hudek turned the door lever 90 degrees, which at a lower altitude could have opened the door. he was traveling on a dependent pass, meaning a family member works for delta. miguel almaguer, nbc news, seattle. the killing of a
new york city police officer this week has brought new attention to the dangers of the job. and a problem faced by many police departments around the country. more and more officers deciding to leave the force and police departments are having a hard time replacing them. gabe gutierrez now with that story. >> reporter: for the dallas police department the pain is still raw. today marks one year since five officers were ambushed and killed during a march against police violence. >> not lost of us what you went through on that horrible night. >> reporter: the tributes coming on this same day san antonio officer miguel moreno was laid to rest after being shot. and the same week nypd officer meo soet is familia, a mother of three was randomly assassinated in her patrol car. >> that was an attack on all of us. >> reporter: officer deaths are up 18%. >> when these guys say
they don't want to do it anymore, we have a problem in america. >> reporter: since just october 317 officers have left the dallas pd. another 67 plan to leave soon. more and more dependents are bleeding blue. atlanta is one of the cities trying to actively recruit cops nationwide, even handing out hiring bonuses to military veterans. >> i am the recruit. >> reporter: ft. worth texas made this viral recruitment video featuring "star wars." still cities are struggling to fill officer vakancies, philadelphia has 300, balts more a little more than 100. >> the ability to give back. >> reporter: tonight officers around the country are paying tribute to the fallen. there may be fewer wearing a uniform, but it remains a badge of honor. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. still ahead for us
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t tammy leitner has new evidence. >> reporter: tonight palm beach gardens police releasing this new security footage, the first aim js showing that venus williams' suv and another car collided. the video reveals that williams lawfully entered the intersection on a green traffic signal. then a car turned in front of williams causing her to get stuck in the intersection. the lights changed, williams started moving again when linda barson says she was unable to avoid hitting her. barson had a green light. police say the crash remains under investigation. linda barson's 78-year-old husband jerome who was a passenger in the car died two weeks after the june 9th crash. his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. lawyers for both sides were in court today. the key question, how both cars should be inspected and how data from their black boxes should be downloaded. >> we're confident that the evidence will
show miss williams was at fault. >> reporter: williams wasn't in court today. instead battling her way to a straight-set victory at wimbledon. >> she's very distraught about it. and it's unfortunate, and she, of course, conveys her deepest sympathies. >> reporter: earlier this week the tennis star broke down when asked about the accident. >> there's really no words to describe like how devastating and -- yeah. i -- completely speechless. >> reporter: despite today's victory on the court, the crash taking a visible toll on williams. tammy leitner, nbc news, west palm beach, florida. we're back in a moment with uber adding a new feature, but it will impact (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything so we know how to cover almost anything. even a swing set standoff.
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and finally tonight, let's end the week on a high note with a story about an unusual meeting today in chicago. a group of organ donors introduced to those whose lives they helped save. nbc's kevin tibbles tonight on how they are inspiring america. >> we are here today to celebrate some amazing gifts. the gift of life. >> reporter: together for the very first time. >> i'm so grateful. >> reporter: matches made in heaven is what chicago's northwestern memorial hospital calls them. eight regular folks with an extra-special bond. >> i think i got the lucky end of the deal. >> reporter: four helping to save the lives of the other four thanks to the hospital's kidney pair donation program. >> i feel real good. >> reporter: the donation dominoes took off when family members who were not a match gave up one of their kidneys to give someone they'd never met before the gift of
life. in return, a kidney was donated back to help save their loved one. there's still some humanity in all this. >> absolutely. incredibly heroic in what they do. the humility the donors have is really amazing. >> reporter: patricia received her kidney from donna. do you feel like a hero? >> no. >> she's a hero. >> if that's what she wants to think. >> definitely. >> definitely not. >> my hero, my angel, everything. >> reporter: today becoming instant friends. an emotional embrace. >> i am so blessed. a new life for the whole family. >> reporter: new connections that will last a lifetime. >> thank you just means too small. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. and that's going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester, who will be back on monday. for all of us at nbc news, thank you so much for watching, and good night.
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