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and new trade deals with countries in the region. and a brief meeting with vladimir putin put it back into the headlines. kelly o'donnell brings us the latest from manila. >> reporter: the president's final stop and the first large-scale protest of his asia tour. spilling out in the streets near the u.s. embassy in manila, water canons kept them back. here to attend a second economic summit, wearing traditional philippine garb. side by side with the controversial philippine president rodrigo duterte, an tag nist of human rights groups and supporter of extra judicial killings. but as host, all the extravagant niceties. president trump, who has measured his words in public during this tour, poked north korea's leader on twitter. why would kim jong-un insult me
by calling me old, when i would never call him short and fat? i try so hard to be his friend. friend? an idea he was asked to explain at a news conference in vietnam. >> strange things happen in life. that might be a strange thing to happen, but it's certainly a possibility. >> reporter: perhaps a distraction from the president's provocative comments to reporters on air force one. after he met with vladimir putin where he defended the russian leader's denials of election interference. >> i believe that he feels that he and russia did not meddle in the election. >> reporter: but after he disbadi disparaged obama political chiefs as hacks for blaming putin. the president tried a clean up. >> as to whether i believe it or not, i'm with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with their leadership. i believe in our intel agencies, our intelligence agencies. >> reporter: in the planning for this trip, the white house had considered not even coming to
the summit here in manila to avoid the bad political optics of the president being seen with a violent authoritarian like duterte. but other asian leaders encouraged the president to reconsider and he's actually adding a day to his time here in manila. a sign of support for allies he needs on trade and north korea. frances? >> all right, kelly o'donnell for us. thank you. >> president trump is in the philippines this morning winding down his 12-day trip through asia and he attended the opening ceremonies of the association for southeast asian nations conference. participating in a photo op and joining hands with philippine president rodrigo duterte and other world leaders for the traditional cross-body shake. the president has just finished a highly anticipated meeting with president duterte who has overseen a bloody drug war. and now the big question is did he raise the issue of human rights? nbc's chris giannising joins us now from manila. chris, good morning. >> reporter: philip, thank you.
well, it depends on who you talk to. the white house says that human rights did come up briefly, but according to a spokesman for president duterte, it didn't come up at all. and, in fact, the president seemed sympathetic to the drug war here. it is a drug war that has been widely criticized, including by human rights activists who call these extra judicial killings no more than murder since they have them without benefit of judge or jury and they claim many of the people who have died here have nothing to do with the drug trade at all. but beyond that, the two men are talking trade. and let me show you the headline of the philippine star. trump to reenergize, a philippine u.s. partnership. that's what the president had to talk about today after the two men met about what he says will be free and fair and open trade, but also took the opportunity to praise what is going on back home. take a listen. >> the united states, since our election on november 8th, has
been moving ahead really brilliantly on an economic basis. we have the highest stock market we've ever had. we have the lowest unemployment in 17 years. the value of stocks has risen $5.5 trillion, and companies are moving into the united states. a lot of companies are moving. they're moving back. they want to be there. the enthusiasm levels are the highest ever recorded on the charts. >> reporter: one of the big headlines coming out of his 12-day trip overall is going to be the president's insistence it's a good thing that he builds relationships with leaders who are overseeing authoritarian regimes including xi in china. obviously his meeting with putin of russia, and now duterte who today he said he has a great relationship with. and, in fact, last night when they had that gala celebration, that gala dinner, duterte saying -- he says that the
assistant -- insistence of president trump a love song, among the leyrics, you are the light in my world. philip? >> all right, chris. trump was certainly a different approach to those relations. chris, thank you. >> both the house and the senate will each take up their tax reform proposals this week hoping to rap up a vote on the bill by the end of the year. nbc's tracie potts has more from capitol hill. tracy, good morning. will they be able to get it done? >> reporter: they're going to try. it is a tight schedule. there are some big differences in what the house and what the senate are looking at here. one of the biggest is whether or not people will be able to continue to deduct their property taxes. the house wanted to keep that deduction up to $10,000. the senate version of this bill would completely wipe it out. now, the head of the tax writing committee on the house side said, doesn't look like they are going to go along with that. he doubts that they will. they want to preserve that deduction for the middle class. >> i am convinced this is where we're going to end up because it's important, again as i told
you, chris, to let people keep more of what they earn, even in these high tax states. what we're working toward, what we worked so carefully with our lawmakers from new york, california and new jersey is to make sure we deliver this relief and i'm committed to it. >> reporter: he mentioned new york and california and new jersey because those are some of the biggest states affected because their taxes are so high. but that's not the only difference in the two versions of this tax plan. dropping the corporate tax rate to 20%, it is a significant drop. both sides want to do that. but the senate would delay that drop for a year. also, the tax brackets, where do you fall in terms of how much you pay in taxes? the house version had four tax brackets, the senate version had seven. so, to answer your question, frances, can they get it done by the end of the year deadline? possibly, but they do have some things to work out. >> all right, a lot to watch there. tracy, thank you. >> more than 200 people have died after a powerful 7.3
magnitude earthquake hit near the iran/iraq border sunday. according to the official news agency. measurements say the devastating quake was centered 19 miles outside of the eastern iraqi city of halabja. they are evacuating malls where iraqi officials are still trying to reach the dead. >> a kurdish tv channel was live when the quake hit. you can see the visible in the studio. in baghdad, hundreds of miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, ceiling fans and lights swayed. part of a mountain close to a dam in northeastern iraq collapsed. >> hundreds crowded outside hospital entrances as they were taken in for treatment. some 2000 injuries have been reported so far and the death toll of over 200 is expected to rise. the state-run iranian news agency also said rescue work would continue overnight. >> here at home, it was a frightening scene in san diego when a stairway and platform gave way at a play space
injuring more than two dozen people, most of them children. we get more from nbc's steve patterson. >> reporter: a terrifying crash at a children's gym. >> potential structure collapse. not sure how many victims. >> reporter: investigators hoping to learn how a wooden platform crumbled injuring at least 20 kids and two adults. >> i heard it crack then it crashed down. people were screaming. >> reporter: it happened at san diego's vault pk, an acrobatic activity pau it silt. the platform collapsed as the children were running up the stairwell to get pizza. >> my hands were shaking, i was really scared because i didn't know if any of my friends were hurt or not. >> reporter: the injured rushed to hospitals, some spinal injuries, most treated for scrapes and bruises. quote, my heartaches for families who call vault pk home. we are working with authorities and continue to do so to resolve this. a disastrous collapse turning a
children's night of fun into an alarming scene. steve patterson, nbc news. >> nbc meteorologist bill karins joining us now with the latest on the deep freeze we've been feeling this morning. >> yeah, good morning. it was cold and it remains cold in a few spots. it is on its way out. you have to go to northern new england where it is in the 20s. all the big cities are in the 30s and 40s. it's almost back to average. how it kind of should be this time of year. but we do have a little bit of wintry mess coming through areas of pennsylvania and new york. it's not a big storm, but there may be a few slick spots especially high elevations going through pennsylvania. all rain down around richmond, d.c., light shower activity now heading into philadelphia. but again, the areas north of philadelphia here as you go through the poconos, areas upstate new york, maybe a little more in northern new jersey as you go throughout the morning. middle of the country ng short of
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afternoon clearing out. south jersey, philadelphia and the suburbs. i'm watching an area north and west, the lehigh valley and berks county. this is mainly rain. you might see a snowflake or two. the atmosphere is a little bit colder. the temperatures are booing freezing. i'm not -- above freezing. i'm not expecting slipping and sliding. 36 in the sbishs. just rain fall -- in the suburbs. just light rain falling in the suburbs. new jersey, clouds, rain. 39. not an all-day rain. it will be off of here this afternoon. we will see breaks of sunshine late this afternoon. upper 40s and low 50s. i'll break it down hour by hour and show when you can expect the rain to depart when i'm back in less than ten minutes. first, jessica boyington with first alert traffic. >> thanks, starting on the schuylkill expressway, cameras moving through center city. good news to report. the schuylkill is open in both
directions. earlier -- at least earlier in the weeks we would see it closed down on the eastbound side in between the vine street expressway and south street. not today. everything's open and good to go moving through the vine. also watching 422. drive times okay. eight minutes both directions. eastbound from 29 to the schuylkill, speeds into the 60s. no major problems reported right now on 422. we'll end on the 42 freeway over moving through west deptford or in deptford at 41. this is the northbound side moving toward philadelphia. so far, so good there. back to you. >> thank you. crews are working on a fix to a water main break in bucks county. it's impacting homes in both yardly and lower makefield township leaving people without water. it's between oxford valley road and lakeview drive. matt delucia joins us live to see scene. views have been working through the night to repair this. tell us more. >> reporter: that's right. we are on lakeview b