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tonight, president trump dealing with a ceo exodus. several ceos bailing on the president's business councils after his leadership on charlottesville. as the number mountded the president now saying he has disbanded the councils and tonight the president's chief of staff. was the white house blindsided by his most recent comments? also the hurricane along the american coastline turning deadly. the warnings up at this hour. the flight crew sickened. the third time in a week. jetblue crews falling ill. the airline on what it blames this time. the explosion on an american highway. the big rig crash erupting into flames. and the medical headline to
before the symptoms start? good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night, and we begin tonight with the backlash against president trump. several of the nation's top ceos from companies you will know, campbell soup, pepsi, walmart, bailing on the president's business councils. it comes amid the president's response to charlottesville and his newest comment saying both sides should share the blame. that there were very fine people on both sides. and tonight, many studying the president's chief of staff, general john kelly's face, appearing to wince as president trump delivered those words. was the white house blindsided on this? abc's mary bruce leading us off. >> reporter: he sold himself as the businessman president, able to harness the power of corporate america, but tonight, some of the nation's top executives are turning their backs on president trump. the tipping point, his comments suggesting the white supremacists in charlottesville should share
protesters opposing them. >> mr. president, are you putting what you are calling the alt left and white supremacists on the same moral plain? >> i am not putting anybody on a moral plane. what i'm saying is this. you had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible. i think there is blame on both sides. you look at both sides -- i think there is blame on both sides. >> reporter: the president going so far as to defend some of those who took part in the white nationalist rally. >> excuse me. they didn't put themselves down as neo-nazis. you had some very bad people in that group. you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. >> reporter: those comments did not sit well with many ceos on the president's business advisory councils. already, some were jumping ship. the first, merck ceo ken frazier, the only african-american on trump's manufacturin
monday, frazier quit the council, saying "america's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred." the president fired back, tweeting frazier, will have more time to lower ripoff drug prices. why do you think ceos are leaving your manufacturing council? >> because they aren't taking their job seriously as it pertains to this country. >> reporter: on twitter he added "for every ceo that drops out of the manufacturing council, i have many to take their place. but that didn't stop the stampede of departures. today, the ceo of campbell soup leaving, saying "racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in charlottesville. i believe the president should have been and still needs to be unambiguous on that point." and now a key white house advisory council of powerhouse ceos, voting to disband, powerhouses like pepsi, ge, ibm and walmart. in a letter to
morgan ceo jamie dimon writing "i strongly disagree with president trump's reaction to the events that took place in charlottesville over the past several days. racism, intolerance and violence are always wrong." the ceos called the white house to inform the president of their decision and he quickly put out this tweet -- "rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the manufacturing council & strategy & policy forum, i am ending both. thank you all!" the saga is taking a toll on the white house. among some in the president's inner circle a sense of exasperation. the president's new chief of staff, john kelly, spotted at that combative off-the-cuff press conference, staring down at the floor, at times seeming to wince. the political fallout has been swift. republican senator lindsey graham saying the president took "a step backward" adding, "your words are dividing americans, not healing them." marco rubio tweeting the white supremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of bla
we cannot allow this old evil to be resurrected. and today, a joint statement from presidents bush 41 and 43. stopping short of naming president trump, but making it clear "america must always reject racial bigotry, anti-semitism, and hatred in all forms." the chair of the republican national committee now out on damage control. on "gma," david pressing her on a key campaign pledge. >> as you know, during the the campaign, then-candidate donald trump repeatedly made a promise that he would be able to unite the nation better than hillary clinton. he said he was the unifier. i want you to listen to this. >> i think the thing that will surprise people, i'll be a unifier. i think i'll bring people together and that includes blacks and whites and everything. i think people will come together. >> do you think what he said yesterday unified the american people? >> i think condemning white supremacy and kkk and
neo-naziism was the first steppe. >> sharing the blame is what he said yesterday. >> i don't think comparing blame works in this situation and she had her own message to white esn't want your vote.ou and >> she was very clear on that. mary bruce with us live tonight, and mary, as you reported, the president was quick on twitter to frame all of the ceos leaving in his own terms. >> reporter: yeah, david. the president was quick to try and get ahead of this, but the fact of the matter is one of these panels was seeing an avalanche of departures and the other we have learned have decided to disband and informed the white house of the decision before the president sent that tweet, daftd. >> mary, thank you. now to charlottesville and the very emotional moment today. a mother and father in front of a packed auditorium. you will hear what they said after losing their daughter after this driver plowed into that crowd. abc's eva pilgrim was in the room. >> reporter: in charlottesville tonight, a line of people standing in solidarity with
woman killed in that horrific car attack. >> no father should have to do this. >> reporter: from her father mark, a plea for peace. >> she wanted to put down hate and for my part we just need to stop all this stuff and just forgive each other. >> reporter: but from heather's mother susan, defiance -- >> they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her. [ applause ] >> reporter: then, a call to action. >> say to yourself, what can i do to make a difference? and that's how you're going to make my child's death worthwhile. i'd rather have my child, but by golly if i have to give her up we're going to make it count. [ applause ] >> reporter: after, words of hope.
from this? >> i think the only thing we can do is reach out to people who think differently than us and realize that we're all humans. [ chanting ] >> reporter: but as charlottesville tries to heal, a new documentary from vice giving us a closer look at the hate-filled protests. [ chanting "jews will not replace us" ] >> reporter: hundreds of white nationalists marching through the university of virginia, torches in hand. vice spoke with one of those white nationalists, christopher cantwell about that car attack that killed s answer, chilling. >> rivals are a bunch of stupid animals that don't pay attention they couldn't just get out of the way of his car and some people got hurt. the amount of restraint that our people showed out there was outstanding. >> reporter: but tonight in charlottesville, heather's mother insists her daughter's death will have meaning and that her legacy is only beginning.
>> and eva pill kbrim joins us tonight from charlottesville, and very difficult moments for that community. drawing strength from that mother and father, and tonight, the military, all five service chiefs have come out on their own to condemn racism and these hate groups? >> reporter: that's right, david. those top commanders in a rare move speaking out. army general mark millie tweeting the army doesn't tolerate racism, exstreamism or ray tread in our ramgs. it's against values and everything we have stood for since 1765, david. >> eva, thank you. one more note on this tonight because there is more reporting on the man who allegedly drove his car into that crowd. authorities releasing rods of 911 calls, his past and alleged treatment of his own mother. here's abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight new disturbing details about james alex fields jr., seen here shouting about white power -- >> white sharia now!
>> reporter: moments before police say he rammed his car into that crowd. his mother knew he was going to a rally, but was unsure what it was about. >> i didn't know it was white supremacist. i thought it had something to do with trump. trump's not a supremacist. >> reporter: 911 transcripts released to abc news portray fields terrorizing his wheelchair-bound mother from 2010 to 2011 -- in one call, samantha bloom told police that her 13-year-old son smacked her in the head and put his hands over her mouth. a fearful bloom had made the call after locking herself in the bathroom. in another call, fields allegedly stood behind her with a 12-inch knife and "scared mom to death not knowing if he was going to do something." >> and pierre thomas with us live tonight as well, and pierre, in baltimore, confederate monuments were removed in the middle of the night last night, and the mayor saying, quote, it was in the best interest of
emergency action because after seeing what took place in charlottesville, she believed the statues were a security risk, and she said, quote, enough speeches being made. david, she said, get it done. >> pierre thomas with us tonight as well. thank you, pierre. next the storm threat moving up the atlantic coast. hurricane gert causing rip kurpts that have turned deadly. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano who is with us live from new jersey tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. hurricane gert over 400 miles off this coastline, but has churned off the waters making this dangerous. this beach is closed to swimming because of the rip currents today. one man losing his life. check out gert. a category 2, and you see the distinct eye there. 100 mile-an-hour winds, and that's at least through tomorrow night. we have disturbances in the coast. the closest one, likely to head into the caribbean, according to our computer
the other two could make a closer approach to the u.s. by the end of next week. we're ramping up hurricane season, david. >> rob marciano with us live tonight. thank you, rob. we move on this evening to the sudden illnesses affecting a major airline for the third time this week. crew members aboard a jetblue flight have become sickened. what the airline now says caused this case. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the third aircraft in a week -- >> there are possibly two patients. >> reporter: in which a crew member became sick. >> i'm not sure what it is. >> reporter: two crew members on this boston to charleston flight taken to the hospital. jetblue says in this case it was nail polish remover that was the odor. but just last thursday, two jetblue aircraft were diverted after a half dozen crew members complained of odor in the cabin. in one of those incides,
person from buff loi administered oxygen. many both incidents last week, jetblue fold the manufacturers and the faa's guidelines in checking out the aircraft, and both jet liners were returned to service. >> our thanks to you as well. next tonight, the military tragedy unfolding in hawaii. the images coming in. the search under way for five crew members. their army black hawk chopper crashing during a night exercise off hawaii. the coast guard spotting debris off the water five minneapolis after contact was lost. no reason why that went down. the manhunt at this hour after a bold heist in daylight. using hammers to smash their way in, and then one waving a sledgehammer on their way out. abc's james longman from london tonight. >> reporter: tonight, london police searching for the mysterious thieves in this daring jewelry heist. this video capturing them pour out of the smoke-filled
shop, one after another, five figures in black still wearing their helmets, they jump on to their waiting mopeds, making a speedy getaway. you can see one of the thieves wave a sledge hammer used to smash their way in and inside, the aftermath another hammer discarded. the thieves taking an unknown amount in valuables from the display cases. you can see they have put the glass back on that shop now. this happened right in the middle of central london, we're just around the corner from the famous department store, harrods. and this is not the first heist of its kind. in april, 2015, the biggest heist in uk history, nearly $20 million was stolen from a safety deposit box by four elderly pensioners. there's no indication of any connection to other robberies. no one was hurt, police haven't made any arrests yet but are appealing for witnesses. daftd. >> abc's james longman. thank you. back here at home tonight, and the sudden shakeup in the russia investigation. special counsel robert mueller, losing one of his top investigators. peter stroke, after only a few weeks on the
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